Berlin vs Cape Town vs Lisbon vs Mexico City vs Panama City

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 3,400,000 4,617,560 517,000 8,850,000 880,691
Official language(s) German Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Portuguese Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Very high Moderate Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November March - May, September, October March - May, October, November December - April
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2200 $1549 $1984 $1867 $2359
Rent $939 $618 $965 $778 $1036
Groceries $188 $129 $136 $281 $236
Dining out $271 $269 $271 $182 $371
Cafe $57 $32 $37 $49 $43
Coworking space $174 $151 $164 $159 $157
Mobile internet $23 $27 $24 $25 $21
Public transportation $88 $55 $63 $11 $12
Taxis $58 $21 $27 $9 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $49 $18 $24 $0
Sport and cultural events $64 $19 $29 $81 $35
Museums and sights $37 $15 $24 $20 $9
Nightlife $63 $43 $47 $64 $117
Gym $66 $36 $65 $69 $37
Yoga $99 $56 $65 $65 $163
Massage $56 $30 $50 $51 $75
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone MTN, Vodacom Vodafone Telcel, Movistar Claro, Movistar
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber, FreeNow Uber Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 401 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow